San Diego Chargers LB Antwan Barnes has become a hot commodity on the free agent market. The free agency market doesn’t have a ton of 3-4 outside linebackers available with pass rushing skills, so Barnes is benefiting from that weak market. Chargers LB Shaun Phillips should be benefiting from that market as well, but still have not seen any rumors coming out of his direction.
According to Alex Marvez, Barnes has at least 6 teams interested in his services. I hope the San Diego Chargers are one of those teams that are interested. Barnes is a good pass rusher and would be a perfect compliment coming off of the bench behind Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson. The outside linebacker squad was a bit crowded last season, but there should be a little more playing time for Barnes this year.
Jarret Johnson is best used against the run, setting the edge and playing hard-nosed football. Barnes would be a perfect compliment to Johnson. If Barnes is not in town, then that gives more opportunities for San Diego’s favorite LB Larry English to get more playing time. I know Chargers fans hate the sound of that, but when was the last time English really got some playing time? I think he will be alright.
Anyway, Barnes has a ton of interest and could be skipping out of town as early as today. Free agency starts at 1pm pacific time!